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Basic Cake Pops

Breads & Desserts

Ingredients

Cake prepared (use your favorite boxed cake mix, homemade cake, leftover cake or store-bought cake)
2-5 spoonfuls of frosting (pick your preferred store-bought flavor or make it from scratch)
2 bags of chocolate candy melts
Cake pop sticks
Sprinkles
Styrofoam block

Instructions

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Add prepared cake to a large bowl and crumble it until it resembles fine crumbs.
3. Add in frosting a small spoonful at a time. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting. You want the cake to be moist and hold a ball shape, but not too mushy. Less is more.
4. Scoop out a small amount to roll into a tight ball and place on a plate. If you have a mini ice cream scoop, that works great.
5. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
6. Melt 2-4 ounces of the chocolate melts in the microwave.
7. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the melted chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way and place on parchment paper.
8. Freeze for about 20 minutes and prepare all of your decorating supplies.
9. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup (not bowl). You need enough chocolate to submerge the cake ball.
10. Remove cake balls from the freezer.
11. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
12. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap.
13. Add desired sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden fast.
14. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting. (Game-changer for having attractive cake pops.)
15. Place the pops into the freezer to speed up setting time.
16. Store in a cool area in a single layer, and in an airtight container.

You can make them beautifully delicious gifts by covering them with a clear bag and tying them with festive string.

Miscellaneous

This recipe originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of Today in Mississippi and was included in Rebecca Turner's article "Plated with Rebecca Turner."

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